The ladies of the Cackleberry Club in the small Midwestern town of Kindred are busy getting ready for Halloween, along with their usual mix of projects while feeding their hungry patrons.
Suzanne, Petra, and Toni operate the cozy café, the Cackleberry Club, and are doing quite well despite bad economy times. Everyone seems to love their delicious food and their egg specialties are a hit. They also offer a Book Nook and a Knitting Nest in the café. The café was Suzanne’s idea after her husband, Walter, passed away almost a year ago. She was joined by her two best friends, Petra who has lost her husband, Donny, to Alzheimer’s Disease; and Toni who has an on-again/off-again marriage to her womanizing husband, Junior.
The ladies are hosting a ‘read dating’ similar to speed dating but where the participants are searching for compatibility based on reading preferences. They’re also participating in the upcoming Quilt Trail, hosted by the local historical society, preparing for Halloween, and a local election.
All seems well with the ‘read dating’ until a shouting match between Petra’s friend, Jane Buckley, and mayoral candidate Chuck Peebler. Time is called to change partners and the evening settles back down. After the crowd leaves, Peebler attempts to apologize for his outburst. Suzanne walks outside with him only to be stunned when an arrow strikes Peebler between the eyes killing him instantly. Suzanne and her dog, Baxter, run for cover as more arrows come flying her way.
Sheriff Roy Doggie is called in and it appears Jane may be the prime suspect. Suzanne is determined to help clear Jane’s name and find the real killer. Soon she finds her life is being threatened and while she and Petra are on the Quilt Trail, a second body is discovered. Trying to put the pieces together could prove fatal for Suzanne.
Author Laura Childs blends together mystery, intrigue, humor, and suspense with a dash of romance on the side. Her characters are interesting and realistic. The ladies of the Cackleberry Club are a prime example of good friends and loyalty.
BEDEVILED EGGS is the third installment in the Cackleberry Club Mystery series, but it is a stand alone book. Even though the story is set in the fall around Halloween, it’s a good read anytime of the year. Who can resist great friends, a cozy murder mystery, a delightful plot, and delicious recipes?
An added bonus to the book is a recipe section in the back featuring such yummy titles as Eggs in a Basket, Crabby Omelets, and of course, Bedeviled Eggs, as well as several others. In addition there is a preview of Laura Childs’ next Tea Shop Mystery, SCONES AND BONES, coming in March from Berkley Prime Crime.
Author Laura Childs’ website is www.laurachilds.com
Bedeviled Eggs by Laura Childs, A Cackleberry Club Mystery, Berkley Prime Crime, @2010, ISBN: 978-0-4252-3823-3, Paperback, 336 pages
FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the author and publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.